Nominations for the Hugo Awards close on March 10. I can’t nominate, since I’m not going to splurge on a supporting membership for 2013 – or for LonCon 2014, until I know what my finances will be like through the end of June. But if I could, here’s what I’d nominate:
Elizabeth Bear, Range of Ghosts. It is the kind of epic fantasy I’d always wanted to read without until I read it, actually knowing: vast, brilliant, inventive, inclusive, mythic.
Leah Bobet, Above. Marketed as a Young Adult novel, Above ripped my guts out and put them back in different. Despite its categorisation, it’s a mature, powerful, inventive work.
Kameron Hurley, Rapture. Because the trilogy is one of the best and most provocative pieces of science fiction I’ve read: visceral, weird, inventive, brutal. And Rapture is the best book of the three.
Ben Aaronovitch, Whispers Under Ground. Because I think Aaronovitch is doing interesting things in the urban fantasy genre, and Whispers Under Ground is an excellent book.
Kari Sperring, The Grass-King’s Concubine. I’m pretty certain Sperring’s work will be overlooked. But in all truth it’s one of the most revolutionary approaches to fantasy of the year, and beautifully written.
Aliette de Bodard’s On A Red Station, Drifting. Because hell, wow. Brilliant science fiction, brilliantly written.
Brit Mandelo, “Finite Canvas.” Tor.com.
Best Short Story
Rochita Loenen-Ruiz, “Song of the Body Cartographer.” Philippine Genre Stories, June 2012.
Aliette de Bodard, “Immersion.” Clarkesworld, June 2012.
Best Related Work
Brit Mandelo, We Wuz Pushed: Joanna Russ and Radical Truth-Telling. Aqueduct Press.
Best Graphic Story
Best Dramatic Performance, Long Form.
Dredd – for the same reasons Jonathan McCalmont gives. It’s the best work of science fiction I’ve seen on the screen in forever.
The Hunger Games. It’s a brilliant adaptation of a hard-to-adapt novel, full of strong performances.
Best Dramatic Performance, Short Form
No opinion. Just don’t let Doctor Who win again.
Best Editor, Short Form
No strong opinion, but John Joseph Adams, Joselle Vanderhooft, and Ellen Datlow do interesting things.
Best Editor, Long Form
No opinion: not enough information to form one.
Best Professional Artist
Ideomancer.com, because I think they do good work. But I’m biased here.
I’ve written for all of those – but that correlates pretty well with what I actually read, on a regular basis.
I only listen to the SF Squeecast and Galactic Suburbia with any regularity. And SF Squeecast won last year…
Best Fan Writer
Requires Hate. A vicious, insightful, and provocative critic.
Aishwarya Subramanian. Always interesting and lucid.
Abigail Nussbaum. Reviews editor at Strange Horizons, and an incredibly insightful critic.
Martin Lewis. Never less than interesting and articulate.
Best Fan Artist
John W. Campbell Award For Best New Writer (Not a Hugo)
I’m not sure of the eligibility for the people I’d like to see in this category. (I suspect a couple of them are past the two-year cut-off or otherwise ineligible?)
I’m informed that work done for pay is permitted for consideration under the Fan Writer category. Not sure that’s entirely fair: I, for one, wouldn’t do most of the work I do unless I was getting paid for it, although I enjoy my work. Not sure that fits with my idea of fan work.